A native of Ohio, Ron was raised in the San Jose area and graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Psychology in 1973. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 1976. Ron was ordained as a Deacon in the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1975 and was ordained an Elder in 1978. He has served four churches in California: Newcastle (1976-1984), Los Gatos (1984-1992), Livermore (1992-2001) and Alamo / San Ramon Valley (2001-). Ron is married and is the father of four children and three grandchildren.
Ron’s passion for ministry is rooted in the conviction that it is the purpose of the Church to invite people into an ever deepening relationship with God through Jesus Christ even as it equips and trains these same people to use their God given gifts in service to a broken world.  To that end, Ron preaches and teaches a faith that links the head (intellect / theology) with the heart (emotion / feeling) and with the hands (service to others).  He believes that a faith that is vital and healthy is a faith in which all three of these ingredients are woven together.